- Ezekiel 22:25
- Ezekiel 22:28
- Lamentations 2:14
- Jeremiah 23:28 – 32
This seems like a commentary on what is happening now.
I reviewed two academic catalogs today. I get them because I am a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. Among the Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Ethiopic texts were a number, great number of works that were essentially dealing with issues that the world is attempting to force on the Church. Unfortunately, some seemed to be aimed at portraying the Body as tolerant and responsive.
The issues that those works addressed are covering behavior that the Word says is sin. There is no Biblical way to say that behavior is not sin and remain true to what the Bible says without redefining words or critically removing passages from the discussion.
We are living under constant pressure to conform to the world, Romans 12:1 – 2. We are under constant attack by the enemy to remove the influence of the Word of God on our communities, Mark 4:13 – 20; 1 Peter 5:8.
We are in danger of doing what the Pharisees did with the Law; redefine to align with our image, our thinking, our ability to obey. The problem with that is clearly outlined in Matthew 5:3 – 7:27, with the kicker coming in Matthew 5:28. The standard, the standard that we cannot escape is the nature and character of God. If we are not like Him, and the world some are attempting to appease is not even in the ball park, we are not in the kingdom. We will never see it.
As a pastor friend of mine said recently, we have to hold up and exalt God’s Word. We have to heed what is says, we have to obey its author.